East Maine School District 63

Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world

Welcome to EMSD 63!

East Maine School District 63 is an elementary district which serves more than 3,600 students who live in portions of Des Plaines, Niles, Glenview, Park Ridge, and Morton Grove. The district operates seven schools: six elementary schools (grades Pre-K-6), and a junior high school (grades 7-8).

The area is characterized by its diverse, multicultural population. More than 60 languages are spoken within the district; approximately 86% of the students come from homes in which a language other than English is spoken. East Maine School District 63 is an inclusive district, offering a full range of services for academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. Through our cutting edge special education and ESL/bilingual programs, students find success without being isolated from their peers. Together, all students strive to reach their full potential with the help of our highly skilled staff.

District Spotlight

  • District 63 Deploys New Web Site

    Posted by Keith Shaffer at 6/12/2014
    East Maine School District 63 would like to welcome you to our newly designed website. While upgrades to our previous website were planned, our previous web site provider decided to no longer provide hosted solutions to school districts. Out of nine companies that submitted proposals to host our site and provide services, two stood out. Both vendors presented to the Technology Task Force consisting of teachers, support staff, administration, and a member of the Board of Education. After the presentations, the Task Force debated the merits of both providers with SchoolWires being selected as the vendor of choice. 

    While there are many positives to this change the fact that the district, schools and staff need to recreate pages has been and will continue to be a time consuming process. Our initial focus has been on the District and Schools’ pages. With that in mind you may find some pages and sections of our site not yet fully developed. Know that this is an ongoing process. While the systems and capabilities of our old and new web sites are much different from each other we have worked to minimize the impact on users by using similar menus and page names. 

    Starting in April, we began working with SchoolWires to select a design and develop the core of our new site. The new site had to go live no later than June 30, 2014 when our current provider was set to terminate services. The District decided to go with an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant “Responsive Web Design”. A Responsive Web Design is a web design approach aimed at developing sites to provide optimal viewing experiences, easy reading, and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling. From mobile phones to desktop computer monitors, our web sites will provide a better user experience.


    Keith M. Shaffer
    Director of Technology

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